YOUR AMAZING PELVIS
I'm sure part of my fascination with the pelvis stems from the fact that I was a birthworker for many years... but I do believe as women, we have a responsibility to begin to understand the function and form of our magnificent pelvis! Again, this is not by any means an in-depth study of anatomy and physiology but a brief anatomical introduction.
Both the first and second chakras reside in your pelvic bowl, the bony cradle that supports your foundation. While usually thought of as one piece, the pelvis is actually made up of four bones: the sacrum (downward pointing triangle) at the back of your pelvis, the coccyx (also known as the tailbone) below the sacrum, and two wing-like innominate bones that form the sides and front of your pelvis. Furthermore, these innominate bones are actually formed by the fusion of three bones - the illium, ischium, and pubis.
The wing-like illium is what we often think of as our hip bones and what people often are talking about when they say something like "she has childbearing hips".
The ischial tuberosities are the lower part of the ischium bones and are our "sitting bones.
The pubis bone is the pubic bone, at the front of the pelvis.
The two innominate bones are a mirror image of each other, one on each side of the pelvis. In the illustration above, the labels are all on the left side of the pelvis (your right side facing the image) which is one innominate bone.
The innominate bones both attach to the sacrum. Both the sacrum and the coccyx have fused vertebrae - five in the sacrum and four rudimentary vertebrae in the tailbone.
The bones are united by four joints: two sacroiliac joints connect the innominate bones to the sacrum, the sacrococcygeal joint (not shown in the drawing) - a synovial hinge joint between the fifth sacral and first coccygeal vertebrae, and the the pubic symphysis, a cartilaginous joint which connects the two sides of the pubic bones.
These joints are usually only capable of only a small amount of movement, which increases during pregnancy and, to a certain extent during menstruation, due to hormonal influence.
Of course, the bony cradle is only one part of your pelvis. There several layers of muscles that make up your pelvic floor (what you flex and release if you do kegal exercises), the organs that reside inside of your pelvis including your uterus, bladder and rectum, and the ligaments that connect your organs to the pelvis itself.
Your uterus or womb is composed of three layers of muscle and shaped somewhat like an upside down pear. It has a remarkable lining capable of adapting to the cyclic changes of the fertility cycle and of growing and nourishing new life.
Your ovaries contain eggs, the seeds of your creative energy. They are about the size of a small walnut and connect to the body of your uterus via the fallopian tubes. Your ovaries are an essential part of your creative fertility cycles. Balanced ovarian energy helps you nourish your core.
Did you know that a female fetus has all of her eggs in her ovaries by 5 months gestation? So, your mother had the egg that became you when she was growing inside of your grandmother's womb. Energetics aside, the study of epigenetics is beginning to shed light on heritable changes in gene expression - something wise women around the world have known for centuries.
Another bit of fascinating science is that we inherit our mitochondrial DNA from our mother's egg only. I'm not going to begin to go into this in detail, just want you to start to get a sense of how much latent power is stored inside of the feminine anatomy.
Your womb is a powerful portal for transformation. I have recorded a guided exploration of the pelvis and womb for you so that you can begin to connect with yourself a little more deeply.
Please note, when exploring the pelvic bowl with visualizations and exercises it is possible to stir up some deep wounds, provoking a resurgence of past experiences and/or memories of traumatic events (sexual abuse, birth trauma, etc) which might be from your past, from your mother or another ancestor or even from the collective feminine. If you experience any of this, please reach out to me so that I can help you find support for integration and healing.